Tower and Office From Modernist Theory to Contemporary Practice
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Description: In "Tower and Office, Spanish architects Inaki Abalos and Juan Herreros look at the role and impact of advanced building technologies in American architecture since World War II. The war, they claim, marked the end of the first cycle of modernism, challenging the belief that technological progress alone could produce a perpetually better future. At the same time, the war was the source of powerful new structural models and construction methods. The authors examine the ways these technologies have been inflected over the last half century by more subjective and integrated processes of spatial organization.In the first part of the book, Abalos and Herreros focus on the work of Le Corbusier, revealing the degree of complexity achieved in his interpretation of the modern skyscraper. In the second part, they look at the intersection of technical and cultural determinants in the design of high-rise structures since World War II. Among the issues they consider are the evolution of the load-bearing frame, the impact of high-tech systems on tall buildings, and the transparent building skin. In the third part, they address developments in office design and planning, tracing an evolution from the repetitive and homogeneous office skyscraper to the present-day mixed-use structure. Overall they demonstrate how the objective technical analysis associated with modernist architectural theory has given way in recent building practice to a variety of flexible, pragmatic, and environmental approaches. These, they suggest, have opened the way to new urban and architectural forms.
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Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: MIT Press
Publication date: 9/23/2005
Size: 8.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
|High-Rise Construction and the Modern Movement|
|The Theoretical Contributions of Le Corbusier|
|Technological Evolution of Contemporary High-Rise Structures|
|Evolution of Glass Curtain Wall Construction|
|The Mechanically Regulated Environment and Its Structural Implications|
|Typological and Urban Evolution of the Contemporary High-Rise Building|
|The Evolution of Space Planning in the Workplace|
|Evolution of Topological Planning in the High-Rise Building: The Mixed-Use Skyscraper|
|Index of Names|